Development Grants

The FAWCO Foundation Development Grants financially assist projects which are passionately supported by FAWCO Member Clubs and FAUSA. The purpose of the program is to fund projects that can make an immediate impact and lead to success for the people they support.  The assistance offered should be direct, with a goal of sustainability.

Through The Foundation, FAWCO Member Clubs and FAUSA have been aiding worthy and reputable charitable projects around the globe for over 45 years.  Some clubs are working “hands-on” with their projects while others make financial contributions or donations of goods. FAWCO Member Clubs and FAUSA are passionate about supporting projects that improve the human condition throughout the world. The DGs provide the financial assistance that can help the recipients achieve their goals.

The Development Grant categories are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of Education, Environment, Health and Human Rights.

The Foundation encourages FAWCO clubs to nominate grassroots organizations that receive little or no great sponsorship or support.

Each FAWCO club may nominate two different projects each year.

Please note an important change to the following DG application requirement. This change will be in effect for the 2022 and 2023 application cycles:

In light of the situation with COVID and how it may have affected clubs’ ability to support their chosen charities, at this time clubs must have only supported their nominated charity for six months (instead of the usual one year) before applying for a DG on their behalf. This allows clubs to nominate charities that were perhaps forced to suspend operations for a time due to COVID or charities that may have been borne out of COVID. Support is defined as donation of goods, services or money made by more than two individuals of a FAWCO Member Club or FAUSA.


The 2021 Development Grants



For projects promoting literacy, supporting academic studies, building or providing classrooms, libraries or general learning facilities for disadvantaged children or providing training designed to lead to economic and other types of empowerment for women and girls.

Due to the generosity in sponsorship, there are three awards available which will be given to the three projects receiving the most votes.

A Stitch In Time-Hope Through Education - $4,000

In honor of 25 years of FAWCO Friendship Quilts & the quilters who made it possible.

Educating Women & Girls Worldwide - $4,000

Sponsored in part by Renuka Matthews

For programs specifically aimed at women and/or girls.


Pam Dahlgren Educating Africa’s Children - $4,000

For programs specifically in the geographical area of Africa and will be awarded to the Africa-focused nominated project which receives the most votes.


Global Issues

This Grant can be placed within any of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to which we align our Development Grants in the areas of Education, Environment, Health and Human Rights. In order to recognize FAWCO club’s local charities that are often overlooked on the world’s stage, the TFF is offering this Development Grant that is available for projects that take place in the nominating Club’s home country.

Close To Home - $4,000     


For projects focused on protecting the environment while promoting the health and well-being of communities.

Nurturing Our Planet - $4000

Sponsored by Patti Meek of AWC Dublin, in memory of her parents, James and Ethel Meek.


For projects providing medical treatment, diagnostic services, preventive care or medical counseling. This can include, but is not limited to, cancer, HIV/AIDS, communicable, non-communicable and environmental diseases, substance abuse, life-improving surgeries, mental issues, the critically ill, the disabled, the aged, medical transport, special needs and maternal health for mothers and children.

Critical Health Concerns - $4000

Human Rights

For projects in a FAWCO Member Club’s host country or the world:

  • providing vocational training, teaching practical skills, promoting social entrepreneurial initiatives for   at-risk/marginalized population groups,
  • or addressing the critical problems of violence, food and shelter, healthcare, education, poverty, advocacy, human trafficking, prostitution, refugees, including all those impacted by economic,    political or other forced migration, 
  • or promoting cultural understanding.  


Due to the generosity in sponsorship, there are three awards available which will be given to the three projects receiving the most votes.

Breaking the Cycle Grant - $4,000

Sponsored in part by AW Eastern Province

 The Foundation would like to recognize and thank AWEP for their longtime support of the Development Grants.


FAUSA Effecting Change for Women and Children at Risk Grant - $4,000


 AWC Amsterdam Tulip Grant - $4,000

Targeting human rights projects for women and children in Europe.This will be awarded to the human rights-focused nominated project which receives the most votes. 



How To Apply

Is your club considering submitting an application for the 2021 Development Grants? Please consult the Month-by-Month Application Timeline below for useful advice on timely submission of your application.

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